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Influenza 22/3/19

Influenza ('flu) facts

:- Influenza isn't just a bad cold - it can be serious and can kill

:- Around 1.2 million New Zealanders get influenza immunisation yearly

:- Immunisation prepares your immune system to fight influenza

:-You cannot get influenza from the vaccine

Flu vaccinations are available from 1 April 2019.

Stonefields Medical Centre  'flu clinics will commence Monday 6 May and run on Mondays and Tuesdays between 1pm and 3pm. Please phone reception 320 0168 to make an appointment.

You are eligible for a free 'flu vaccination if you are over 65 years of age, or if you are pregnant.

Vaccines are also free for people with an ongoing medical condition like asthma, diabetes or a heart or lung condition.


Measles - update 21/3/19

Ministry of Health MMR vaccination advice for those outside Canterbury

Infants aged under 15 months

Infants living outside of Canterbury are recommended to receive their MMR vaccination at 15 months of age as per the Immunisation Schedule.
A Medical Officer of Health may recommend that an infant aged 6–14 months who is a close contact of a confirmed measles case receive an MMR vaccination within 72 hours of contact.


Children aged between 15 months and 4 years

Pre-school aged children living outside of Canterbury should receive their normal MMR vaccinations as per the Immunisation Schedule.
Click here for more information for children aged 12 months to under 5 years.


Older children, teenagers and adults aged under 29 years

In the short term vaccine supplies are limited. Vaccinators are recommended to prioritise those who do not have any documented measles-containing vaccine doses when aged 12 months or older and administer one catch-up MMR vaccination. This is because after one measles-containing vaccine (measles only, measles-rubella only or MMR vaccines) 90–95 people in 100 are protected from measles. The second MMR vaccine dose is to make sure the 5–10% who are still susceptible to measles have a second opportunity to become protected.
Subsequent MMR catch-up doses are recommended to be administered once MMR vaccine demand returns to normal (and a minimum of 4 weeks after the first MMR dose).


Adults aged between 29 and 50 years

Adults in this age group are expected to have received one measles-containing vaccination or had measles disease. However, if the person does not have any documented measles-containing vaccine doses when aged 12 months or older the vaccinator can administer one catch-up MMR vaccination. 
Subsequent MMR catch-up doses are recommended to be administered once MMR vaccine demand returns to normal (and a minimum of 4 weeks after the first MMR dose).
Click here for more information about children at primary, intermediate or high school, and adults born in 1969 or later.


Adults aged 50 years or older (born before 1969)

Adults born in New Zealand prior to 1969 are considered to be immune to measles as there was no measles containing vaccine until 1969 and the disease is so highly infectious. MMR vaccination is not generally indicated for adults born in New Zealand prior to 1969. 
Adults born overseas prior to 1969 may have received a measles-containing vaccination. If you are unsure whether an individual is likely to be susceptible to measles, please call us on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).

www.immune.org.nz

http://www.immune.org.nz/hot-t...


Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine UPDATE 6/12/18

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria and can lead to very serious illnesses:

How do you catch it?

Meningococcal bacteria are commonly carried in the nose and throat and do not usually cause disease. Carriage rates are highest in older teenagers and young adults. The bacteria can

be transferred from person to person through contact with saliva, e.g. intimate kissing.

How serious is it?

If meningococcal bacteria pass into the blood, the disease usually progresses very quickly. A person with meningococcal disease may develop:

» Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain).

» Septicaemia (blood infection).

» Pneumonia (lung infection).

Who should be immunised against meningococcal disease

Some patient who have immunosuppressive illnesses (weak immune systems), who are medically at high risk and those exposed to confirmed meningococcal cases are eligible for funded vaccinations.

The vaccines are non-funded but recommended for

» Other infants and young children aged under 5 years, adolescents and young adults.

» Particularly adolescents and young adults living in close proximity to each other, e.g. boarding school, university halls of residence or in long-term institutional care.

» Travellers to high-risk countries and Hajj pilgrims

There are several different types of meningococcal bacteria including A, B, C, Y and W-135.

For best protection against meningococcal disease in New Zealand, an age appropriate course of meningococcal A, C, Y and W vaccine (Menactra or Nimenrix) plus an age appropriate course of meningococcal group B vaccine (Bexsero) is recommended. The A, C, Y and W vaccines cover around 49% and the group B around 48% of meningococcal disease cases so far this year. IMAC (The Immunisation Advisory Centre)

Each vaccine has different recommendations regarding the number of doses of vaccinations, depending on the age of the patient. There are also minimum age recommendations for each vaccination.

Please see HERE for further vaccine information.

http://www.immune.org.nz/vaccines/available-vaccines/bexsero

http://www.immune.org.nz/vaccines/available-vaccines/menactra

http://www.immune.org.nz/vaccines/available-vaccines/nimenrix

Please contact our nurse or make an appointment to see your GP to discuss appropriate vaccines and costs.

Please be aware that there are supply issues with some of the meningococcal vaccines. 

**Information taken from The Immunisation Advisory Centre IMAC www.immune.org.nz

http://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/meningococcal-disease

Cheaper fees for Community Service Card holders & dependents and Zero fees for under 14s 1 /12/18

Stonefields Medical Centre have implemented the government proposal for reduced fees for Community Services Card holders and Zero Fees for Under 14's from the 1st December 2018.

Enrolled adult CSC holders now pay a consultation fee of just $18.50 and enrolled youth aged 14-17 will pay $12.50 for for a standard day time nurse or GP consultation. Prescription fees have also been discounted. Please ensure that your Community Services Card is current.

Zero fees for under 14s.
The zero fees initiative applies to a standard daytime consultation with a GP or nurse if you are enrolled with us. After-hours and casual consultations are excluded from this policy.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our...



Useful Health Information Website


Medical Organizations and Ministry of Health
Royal NZ College of GP www.rnzcgp.org.nz
Health and Disability Commission www.hdc.org.nz
Procare PHO www.procare.co.nz
Ministry of Health www.health.govt.nz

General Health Information Websites
Patient.co.uk www.patient.co.uk
Everybody www.everybody.co.nz
Cancer www.cancernz.org.nz
Heart Foundation www.heartfoundation.org.nz
Stroke Foundation www.stroke.org.nz
Immunizations www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation
National Screening Unit nsu.govt.nz
Skin disorders www.dermnetnz.org
Diabetes www.diabetes.org.nz
Information on medications www.medsafe.govt.nz/consumers/cmi/cmiform.aspwww.i..

Mental Health Websites
Depression www.depression.org.nz
Lifeline www.lifeline.org.nz
Mental Health www.mentalhealth.org.nz

Travel Websites
Centre of Disease Control wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
Travel www.safetravel.govt.nz
 

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